Gah.. Coreldraws Artistic Brush is a sad cry compared to Illustrator and the Brushes. Shame.In illustrator try dragging the object onto your brushes palette to make an art brush out of it. Draw your path and apply the brush stroke you just made.
May take some trial and error with sizing to get it exact, but it will work for what you are trying to do.
Not sure how you would accomplish this in corel or inkscape.